mourning hat

Ok but like, imagine the confusion and chaos after the first cycle as Magnus pops into the ship. All he knows was that he was fighting off one of the Hunger’s minions and then he got stabbed (and people die when they’re stabbed right??) and he just died and like the other IPRE crew members assumes he’s dead too because they left him there, they had no time. And moments ago Davenport took of his hat to mourn, and Lucretia was on the verge of tears, and even through all the confusion, they still take time to mourn because their youngest and friendliest member just died and thats tough. But like, five seconds later he pops back on the ship, unharmed. And he just…stares. And the IPRE stares as well. 

Lucretia speaks first. “Ah, Magnus? Are you-”



1) Great mourning fashion plate, 1780s.

2) Memento mori pendant, 1790, England.

3) Mourning wand, 1800s. (They were carried by funeral mutes, the grieving would hire mutes to stand outside the home of the deceased from early morning until the funeral was over. They were supposed to stand motionless no matter the weather.)

4) Mourning locket, 1810, England.

5) Mourning dress, 1840.

6) Mourning ring with the engraving, “My dear friend, Ob’t 17 Dec'r 1884. At 52″.

7) Engraving depicting mourning women, June 11, 1864.

8) Mourning dress fashion plate, 1870s-80s.

9) Illustration by Charles Dana Gibson, 1900.

10) Mourning hat, early 1900s, Germany.

Shadow People

For today’s Caffeine Challenge #13 (prompts here), I tried to branch out a little with a character a bit different from my usual. This is a little bit horror, too, which is not generally my thing. Warnings for: bullying, physical violence and misgendering.

Leo ran to the side door as soon as the bell rang, shouldering his way through the crush around the lockers and slipping around the corner. The sun—oh thank god—was streaming through the big glass doors as he skidded to a stop and turned to face the white-painted cinderblock wall.

An observer, if such person had existed, would have been interested to see that his shadow was not that of a curly-haired teen. On the wall before him a grey shape stretched and wavered, and baggy jeans became the smooth straight lines of dress slacks. The wrinkled shirtcollar straightened to crisp points, and a hat formed atop the narrow head, wide-brimmed tilted just to one side.

“I’m sorry,” Leo said, clutching his notebooks to his chest. “I know you said not to do this at school, but I saw his truck outside. I think he’s waiting for me.”

The figure on the wall twitched, the shoulders rolled and long-fingered hands splayed wide.

“I know,” Leo said. “I know, but I can’t fight him alone, and if I don’t show up he’ll just go after Jack again, you know he will.” He bit his lip, looking up and down the hall. “I’ve only got a little more time before history, I don’t know what to do.”

More twitching, a ripple traveling up the wall. The hands folded, waved, cupped together like an empty bowl.

The minute bell rang, setting off shrill echoes.

“I’ll do it,” Leo said. “I’ll do anything, you know I’m good for it.”

The figure tipped its hat, then faded, until only Leo’s own outline remained.

He went to class.

He couldn’t concentrate. His leg shook under his desk, his knee jumping up and down like it had a will of its own. He dropped his pencil once, then again, then a third time. The fourth time Frances handed it back to him with a scowl. Leo tried for an apologetic smile, but it didn’t feel right on his face. Too thin, too full of teeth.

He couldn’t take any notes. He worried metal spiral on his notebook instead, flicked the corner of the paper until it turned soft-edged and pieces started coming off. His eyes kept seeking the windows, looking for some sign, but Dallas’ truck would be by the back door, on the other side of the building, and there were too many trees for the Hat Man to get enough contrast for a message.

“Leo,” Mrs. Garner said, “Can you tell me the year President Reagan took office?”

“I…” Leo tried to think. He’d studied this. He’d done the homework. He knew this. But all he could think of was the look of rage on Dallas’ face when Jack yelled back at him, and the shock of the fist in his ribs when Leo had gotten between them.

Half the class was looking at him. Someone sniggered.

If he could get to the hall he could find a good spot and at least check in.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “I don’t remember. I think I might be sick.”

Mrs. Garner frowned. “There’s only thirty minutes of school left,” she said. “And if you go to the nurse you’ll lose participation points for today,”

“I know,” he said. “But I really think I might throw up.” He tried to look pathetic and nauseous. It didn’t take much effort. He could feel sweat sliding down his temple.

“Alright,” she said. “Josephine, please escort Leo to the nurse’s office.”

No, no no.

“I can get there myself—” he tried, but she shot him a quelling glance.

“You know the rules, Leo.”

He did. He did. Leo knew all sorts of rules.

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Give No Quarter VII

You had spent hours patching the sails of The Fury, the main sail having taken most of the damage and slowed the progress of the ship by hours, if not a full day. Cleaning up the remnants of the battle had been tiring and you had spent three days alongside the crew mopping away blood and repairing what had been ravaged by gunshot and canon.

You were near the top of the mast, a rope around your waist securing you in case you slipped. The sky had darkened but you had continued your work mending the last of the holes, and you looked out across the water, it’s calm surface reflecting the twinkle of stars and the silver glow of the moon. It was almost peaceful, though being trapped on a pirate’s vessel allowed you little true relief.

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ranichi17  asked:

[hands you my life savings] okay but what would men / non - widow women would have worn as mourning clothes

wow what a pay raise from 10 cents and a shoelace!

again, i’m not an expert on this, and no era or culture was the exact same! and i’ve tried as hard as i could to find french sources, but they are not forthcoming. one of the best guides i could find was from the early 20th century, but it seems to have similar lengths of the stages of mourning to around the later middle 19th century:

this tells us that widows and widowers had to mourn for the same length of time, and also goes through fathers/mothers, fathers-in-law/mothers-in-law, children of the deceased (including children-in-law), grandparents, brothers/sisters, uncles/aunts, & cousins. it also defines the first stage as nothing but crêpe (i mentioned in the last post that at least early in the 19th century, matte silks were also fine), the second allowing in other black fabrics, and the final allowing in non-black colors. men’s outfits had to be a little different – things like waistcoats and coats and everything couldn’t come in crêpe, and it seems like a shiny top hat might have been fine??? i doubt what the women’s outfits looked like specifically for each stage would be much different between relations – the length seems to be the key factor here, the sartorial conditions of the stages being the same.

i’ve also found an english figure just for full mourning from the beginning of the 19th century. the timelines were much more flexible then, and varied i believe by personal preference, social class, and region. here they are:

husband or wife:  1 year
son or daughter:  6 months–1 year  (the older the child, the longer the mourning period)
parent or parent-in-law:  6 months–1 year
grandparent:  6 months
brother or sister:  3–6 months
aunt or uncle:  3 months
first cousin:  2–6 weeks
second cousin:  1 week

so maybe put the length of your mourning stages somewhere between those two?? tend more to the second, and keep them a little flexible.

we also see that one scene when jvj wears mourning for bishop myriel. it doesn’t mention how long he wore mourning, but he does dress entirely in black with a mourning band around his hat, and is assumed to be a cousin. clearly he’s not actually a family member, so i assume what he wore is more like what a close friend would? you might draw your length of mourning for your fic from around that figure for cousins, probably a little shorter, depending on the relationship between the characters.

mourning clothes for men didn’t constitute quite as broad of a change as women’s would, partially because it was pretty normal for men to wear black anyway! in france in the beginning of the century it was apparently common for men in mourning also to wear lead grey clothes at the beginning of the century. mourners would thus just wear much more black/maybe dark grey, with a mourning band on the hat. 

mourning bands were much wider than normal hat bands, would never have a bow like normal hand bands might, and were made of wool instead of silk. i’ve tried really hard to find a good image of one unarguably from our period and country, but no luck :( so here’s these:

this one’s not too far off – the shape is still pretty close to existing (non-mourning) french 1830s (i assume that’s what most people in this fandom are looking for lol) top hats like these two:

and here’s a few images of a man and little girl from around our period in full and half mourning dress, respectively (probably not french??? but it’s really hard to find stuff like this so it’ll have to do)

very blurry and weirdly cropped but hey he has a mourning band on his hat!!!

aaaaand that’s all i can find for now! additions/corrections super super welcome


1) Mourning ring, 1661, England.

2) Mourning bonnet, 1845-48.

3) Child’s mourning dress, 1855-60, Cooperstown, New York.

4) Mourner, 1863.

5) Mourning locket, late 1700s.

6) Mourning corsage for Abe Lincoln, April, 1865.

7) Mourning, 1870s.

8) Mourning evening dress, 1908.

9) Mourning brooch, 1800.

10) Mourning hat, 1918, USA.


Everything I read in 2016: The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

“Do what you do best, Waxwillium Ladrian.” “Which is what? Break things?” “Break things with style.”


1) Mourning bracelet, 1893, England.

2) Christmas mourning, 1896.

3) Reception dress worn by Queen Victoria, 1897.

4) Mourning dress, 1900-10, Netherlands.

5) King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra mourning Queen Victoria, 1901, Scotland.

6) Mourning dresses, 1910.

7) Mourning hat, 1915, USA.

8) Mourning brooch, 1930s, Austria.

9) Mourning dress fashion plate, 1810.

10) Mourning locket, 1800.

This was taken at the exhbition private view on Thursday. It was so scary but also a lot of fun; I got to meet lots of interesting people (inluding samaelandlilith!) and tell them about my work.

(If you want to take a better look of each headpiece, click here!)


New headpiece inspired by Victorian mourning headwear!

This hat is constructed with buckram and Vlieseline card. It is covered with velvet on the top and satin cotton under the brim. The embellishments on the sides include black beads of different sizes and black veiling. A big satin/chiffon bow with a green vintage button complements the back.
The hat is handmade and took approx. 18 hours to finish.

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1) Mourning, mid-to-late 1800s.

2) Mourning brooch, 1800.

3) Details of a mourning dress, 1877.

4) Burial slippers, 1915. [They were made for the deceased to wear in the coffin.]

5) Mourning fashion plate, 1805.

6) Mourning hat, 1895.

7) Half mourning evening dress fashion plate, 1819.

8) Mourning ring, 1800.

9) Half mourning dress, 1887.

10) Mourning necklace, 1860s.

wrenchcraft  asked:

Can you explain the differences between mourning and half-mourning? That half-mourning dress made me curious.

Sure! I’m going to copy and paste this directly from since they explain it so well.

A widow would mourn for two and a half years, with the first year and a day in full mourning.  During that time pieces of the crape covered just about all of a garment at deepest mourning, but the crape was partially removed to reach the period of secondary mourning which lasted nine months.  After that the crape was defunct and a widow could wear fancier lusher fabrics or fabric trims made from black velvets and silk and have them adorned with jet trimming, lace, fringe and ribbons.

In the final six months a period called half mourning began.  Ordinary clothes could be worn in acceptable subdued shades of grey, white or purple, violet, pansy, heliotrope, soft mauves and of course black.  Every change was subtle and gradual, beginning firstly with trims of these colours being added to the black dresses. These were the transitional mourning dresses from secondary mourning to the final stage of lesser ordinary half mourning where colours like purple and cream rosettes, bows, belts and streamers along with jet stones or buttons were introduced.

Similar rules applied for the wearing of hats or bonnets.  As the mourning progressed, so the hats and bonnets became more trimmed and fancy, whilst veils became shorter until they were eventually removed altogether.


Another thing to keep in mind was that full mourning fabrics couldn’t be shiny. Once entering the second stage, trim and adornments could be added and fabrics could be fancier. For half mourning, colors like purple, white, grey, or black if the widow wanted could be worn. After that period was over, the widow could return to color or remain in some stage of mourning her entire life if she chose.